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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Thu, 02 Jun 2011 22:14:52 GMT

On Jun 2, 2011, at 11:12 AM, wrote:

> Yegor Kozlov <> wrote on 06/02/2011 01:36:52 PM:
>>> I can't speak for the whole project, but personally I'd be interested 
> in
>>> discussing how the POI mission statement could be expanded, and if 
> that'd
>>> work well for everyone.
>> On the web site we say that the Apache POI Project's mission is to
>> create and maintain Java APIs for Microsoft Documents, but in the code
>> we avoid any MS-specific terms such as 'Excel' and 'Word' and use more
>> generic terms like 'Spreadsheet' and 'Document'. We (I mean POI team)
>> really aim to be a general-purpose  API for Office documents, not
>> necessarily MS Office. I don't see why we shouldn't put the ODF
>> Toolkit under POI umbrella.
>>> Hopefully discussions on the POI dev list can shake out a few mentors 
> (I'm
>>> happy to mentor an ODF Toolkit podling, but it'd take more than just 
> me!),
>>> then we could put together a proposal to bring in the ODF Toolkit. As 
> Bill
>>> has pointed out, it could be a 2nd proposal alongside the OOo one, and
>>> potentially a quicker one to get in as the situation is simpler.
>> I'll be happy to mentor the ODF Toollkit too.

+1 to Yegor's time on this!

> This is great news.  But since I'm a principal on the ODF Toolkit Union, 
> as Steering Committee member, as well as one of the proposers on the 
> OpenOffice proposal, I think I'll need to serialize these proposals.  I 
> don't have bandwidth to work a second proposal until the OpenOffice 
> podling gets kicked off.  But I promise you, I am interested, and I can 
> get the right parties from the ODF Toolkit Union into this list once 
> things get back to normal. (Normal does happen, right?)

I just joined the list because NIck brought our attention to it. According to the archives
June has already exceeded a month of messages here.

FWIW - We now have three POI PMC members (Nick, Yegor and me) replying to the thread.


> -Rob
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